A loan of $1,350 helped a member purchase a fryer, oil, sugar, baking soda, etc….

Salelologa A Centre - Group 1's story

While SaleL., the capital village of Savaii Island, is largely semi-urbanized, its outlying areas are still agricultural. The SaleL. A Centre is located in a largely agricultural area and the people in the community still subsist on farming and vegetable gardening. For this group, these are their first loans from SPBD. They all undertook 4 weeks of training on managing a business and maintaining a savings account, and then passed a written test on the SPBD principles: business, savings, weekly meetings, payments and group guarantee. Over the next 52 weeks, they will support each other in their individual business development and to guarantee on-time payments.

Betty A. (42, married, 6 children) works in the sewing business. With her loan, she will purchase a sewing machine, material and thread to produce puletasis (dresses), T-shirts and uniforms.

Legalo T. (28, married, 2 children) sells pancakes (round lumps of fried bread) twice a week. Her mother taught her to cook and her business is successful due to good taste, good service and lower prices. With her loan, she will purchase a bag of flour, a fryer, oil, sugar, baking soda and a mixing spoon.

Mina P L. (56, married, 7 children) also sells pancakes and ice cakes (ice cream) three times a week. She will use her loan to purchase a bag of flour, sugar, bucket of oil, a stove, a big bowl and a frying pan.

Miriama O. (63, married, 5 children) sells both food and clothing. Her daughter does the sewing. Her loan will allow her to purchase both cooking ingredients and sewing materials. She expects to earn a cash flow of 260 Tala (~104 USD) per week.

Sarai Aliitasi M. (67, married, 8 children) sells cigarettes twice a week. Her loan will allow her to purchase 250 cigarettes and 50 plastic bags.

Valelei S. (64, married, 10 children) sells BBQ chicken, sauce and lamb chops. Her loan will be used to purchase oil, soy sauce, plastic plates and other materials for her business.

In this group: Betty, Legalo*, Mina P, Miriama, Sarai Aliitasi, Valelei
*not pictured

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